History News and Events

Victoria Christman at the 2014 Phi Alpha Theta Induction

Fall 2014 Presentations by the History Faculty

The history faculty have delivered papers this semester at academic conferences around the US and in Canada. We also made up a significant percentage of the Luther College Faculty Research Symposium. 

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Richard Dale

History Alumnus Receives Distinguished Service Award

Luther College President Paula J. Carlson presented Luther's Distinguished Service Award to three alumni Friday, Oct. 10, at the Alumni Dinner and Celebration of Distinguished Service. 

The Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the college, is given in recognition of success and achievements in professional fields, service to society, contributions to community, and loyalty and service to Luther.

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Phi Alpha Theta President Callie Sonnek and Advisor Professor Anna Peterson

Phi Alpha Theta Induction 2014-2015

Students and faculty came together for a meal to celebrate the induction of the 2014-2015 Phi Alpha Theta Members. Phi Alpha Theta is a national honors society for history undergraduates and grad students.

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Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, Luther College alumnus

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, Luther College alumnus

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville, graduated from Luther College in 2001. He was recently featured in a news item describing his efforts to bring original eighteenth-century documents to his students.

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Washington Prairie Cemetery

Scandinavian Immigration students visit local cemetery

In September 2014, Professor Peterson's Scandinavian immigration history course took a field trip to Washington Prairie Lutheran Church and Cemetery outside Decorah. There they examined some of the older gravestones to determine how the headstones showed Norwegian Americans' connection with their Norwegian heritage changing over time.

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Abigail and Emily in front of the Supreme Court building

Local History Day Students Reach Nationals

Abigail Toussaint and Emily Franzen, who were eighth graders last year at St. Ben's in Decorah, took their National History Day website all the way to nationals. They spent seven days in Washington DC and at the University of Maryland and placed in the top 20 junior group websites. The top 14 websites were chosen for finals, which unfortunately did not include these Iowans, so they placed somewhere between 15-21 out of 98 group websites from around the country.

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Robert and Victoria in Munster

A Missive from Münster

Victoria and Robert Christman took a moment from the last busy days of their sabbatical to send us a missive on what they’ve been up to this year in Europe. Victoria elaborates,

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Photo courtesy of the US Holocaust Museum

Teaching the History of the Holocaust

At the beginning of June, Anna Peterson attended a two-week faculty seminar on teaching the history of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

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